23 Words That Have A Completely Different Meaning If You Grew Up In London

“Countryside” = everywhere in the UK apart from London.

1. “Grass”

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What it normally means: A green plant that grows over the earth’s surface.

What it means if you grew up in London: A low-down, dirty snitch. No one wants to be a grass, and no one wants to be grassed on, especially to the teacher.

2. “Chirpse”

What it normally means: The sound a bird makes. Like an old-fashioned tweet.

What it means if you grew up in London: What you do if you’re trying to snog someone.

3. “Cotch”

What it means normally: Mispronunciation of the word crotch.

What it means if you grew up in London: Hanging out and drinking your parents’ alcohol when you’re too young to go to a pub, and too sensible to have a house party.

4. “Parks”

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What it normally means: A public outside place.

What it means if you grew up in London: A drinking venue for the underage.

5. “Boss”

What it normally means: The person in charge of a business or organisation.

What it means if you grew up in London: The person in charge of your local chicken and chip shop or off-licence. Also known as “bossman”.

6. “18”

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What it normally means: The age where you can finally drink legally and become an adult.

What it means if you grew up in London: The age where you start mourning your free bus travel.

7. “The Thames”

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What it normally means: The river that runs through the centre of London.

What it means if you grew up in London: A barrier you will avoid crossing at all costs.

8. “The tube map”

What it normally means: A helpful guide to the London underground.

What it means if you grew up in London: Something you rarely need to use. And if you do need to look at it, your pride is dented.

9. “Zone 6”

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What it normally means: The outer zone of London’s zonal fare system.

What it means if you grew up in London: The area in which only the most unfortunate of Londoners live because it’s so fucking far away from everything. Plus, no one actually believes you’re from London when you live here anyway.

10. “Countryside”

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What it normally means: Fields and cows and stuff.

What it means if you grew up in London: Everywhere in the UK apart from London.

11. “Pedestrian lights”

What it normally means: A device built to help people cross the road.

What it means if you grew up in London: A device you largely ignored when crossing road, preferring to make a run for it when the coast was clear and hoping for the best.

12. “Oyster”

What it normally means: A delectable seafood delicacy.

What it means if you grew up in London: The card that beeps twice if you’re a child and once if you’re a miserable adult being forced to pay extortionate prices for the bus.

13. “Nightbus”

What it normally means: A scary way to get home at night when you stay out too late and can’t afford a cab.

What it means if you grew up in London: Where you spent the majority of your adolescence, probably being scary.

14. “Train”

What it normally means: A mode of transport that helps you get from A to B.

What it means if you grew up in London: The one thing in the world you can absolutely count on to never, ever be on time. Ever.

15. “Linking”

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What it normally means: Attaching two things together.

What it means if you grew up in London: A precise relationship status, you were NOT going out. But you did make out regularly.

16. “Bait”

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What it normally means: What you catch your fish with.

What it means if you grew up in London: When something is blatantly obvious. For example: “It’s bait that those two are linking.”

17. “Peng”

What it normally means: A giant fish-bird hybrid in Chinese mythology. Apparently.

What it means if you grew up in London: Good looking. As in “She is well peng.”

18. “Tourists”

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What it normally means: People on holiday.

What it means if you grew up in London: The enemy.

19. “Playground”

What it normally means: The fields you can run around in during lunch at school.

What it means if you grew up in London: A thing that some schools had. Usually small and made of concrete.

20. “Butters”

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What it normally means: The act of spreading something with butter.

What it means if you grew up in London: Ugly. Butt ugly. Just so goddamn ugly. Also, something that is gross.

21. “Alright”

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What it normally means: Something of satisfactory quality.

What it means if you grew up in London: A standard greeting consisting of just two words – “you alright?” The automatic response is to reply with “you alright” in return.

22. “University”

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What it normally means: Where you go for higher education, and the best years of your life.

What it means if you grew up in London: Where you go for higher education, and the time in your life when you realise just how great London truly is.

23. “Moving back in with your parents”

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What it normally means: A last resort after uni if you haven’t managed to get a job.

What it means if you grew up in London: The only sensible option.

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Flo Perry is an editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
Gena-mour Barrett is a staff writer for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
 
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